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Multi-service units combine to execute FARP exercise

U.S. Marines assigned to the 273rd Marine Wing Support Squadron, Air Operations Company, from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., execute fueling an MV-22 Osprey at a forward air refueling point at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. on May 14, 2014. The Marines conduct joint operations alongside elements of the South Carolina Air and Army National Guard, these exercises are crucial to the ongoing success of operational readiness and deployments around the world.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. Jorge Intriago/Released)

U.S. Marines assigned to the 273rd Marine Wing Support Squadron, Air Operations Company, from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., execute fueling an MV-22 Osprey at a forward air refueling point at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. on May 14, 2014. The Marines conduct joint operations alongside elements of the South Carolina Air and Army National Guard, these exercises are crucial to the ongoing success of operational readiness and deployments around the world. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. Jorge Intriago/Released)

U.S. Marines assigned to the 273rd Marine Wing Support Squadron, Air Operations Company, Fuels Platoon at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., execute a forward air refueling point operation with the South Carolina National Guard at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. on May 14.  Elements of the South Carolina Air and Army National Guard and the U.S. Marines conduct joint operations which are crucial to the ongoing success of operational readiness and deployments around the world.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Ashleigh S. Pavelek/Released)

U.S. Marines assigned to the 273rd Marine Wing Support Squadron, Air Operations Company, Fuels Platoon at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., execute a forward air refueling point operation with the South Carolina National Guard at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. on May 14. Elements of the South Carolina Air and Army National Guard and the U.S. Marines conduct joint operations which are crucial to the ongoing success of operational readiness and deployments around the world. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Ashleigh S. Pavelek/Released)

U.S. Marine Cpl. Eric A. Robinson assigned to the 273rd Marine Wing Support Squadron, Air Operations Company, Fuels Platoon at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., prepares the the fuel hose on an N90 fueling truck during a forward air refueling point operation with the South Carolina National Guard at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. on May 14.  Elements of the South Carolina Air and Army National Guard and the U.S. Marines conduct joint operations which are crucial to the ongoing success of operational readiness and deployments around the world.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Ashleigh S. Pavelek/Released)

U.S. Marine Cpl. Eric A. Robinson assigned to the 273rd Marine Wing Support Squadron, Air Operations Company, Fuels Platoon at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., prepares the the fuel hose on an N90 fueling truck during a forward air refueling point operation with the South Carolina National Guard at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. on May 14. Elements of the South Carolina Air and Army National Guard and the U.S. Marines conduct joint operations which are crucial to the ongoing success of operational readiness and deployments around the world. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Ashleigh S. Pavelek/Released)

Night vision photo of U.S. Marines assigned to the 273rd Marine Wing Support Squadron, Air Operations Company, Fuels Platoon stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., fuel an MV-22 Osprey during forward air refueling point operation with the South Carolina National Guard at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. on May 14.  Elements of the South Carolina Air and Army National Guard and the U.S. Marines conduct joint operations which are crucial to the ongoing success of operational readiness and deployments around the world.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Ashleigh S. Pavelek/Released)

Night vision photo of U.S. Marines assigned to the 273rd Marine Wing Support Squadron, Air Operations Company, Fuels Platoon stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., fuel an MV-22 Osprey during forward air refueling point operation with the South Carolina National Guard at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. on May 14. Elements of the South Carolina Air and Army National Guard and the U.S. Marines conduct joint operations which are crucial to the ongoing success of operational readiness and deployments around the world. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Ashleigh S. Pavelek/Released)

A U.S. Army AH-64 Apache pilot pays for fuel which is provided by U.S. Marines assigned to 273rd Marine Wing Support Squadron, Air Operations Company, during forward air refueling point operations at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. on May 14, 2014. Elements of the South Carolina Air and Army National Guard and the U.S. Marines conduct joint operations which are crucial to the ongoing success of operational readiness and deployments around the world.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. Jorge Intriago/Released)

A U.S. Army AH-64 Apache pilot pays for fuel which is provided by U.S. Marines assigned to 273rd Marine Wing Support Squadron, Air Operations Company, during forward air refueling point operations at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. on May 14, 2014. Elements of the South Carolina Air and Army National Guard and the U.S. Marines conduct joint operations which are crucial to the ongoing success of operational readiness and deployments around the world. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. Jorge Intriago/Released)

A U.S. Army AH-64 Apache lifts off from the left as a U.S. Marine CH-53 Sea Stallion taxis on the right during forward air refueling point operations at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. on May 14, 2014.  Elements of the South Carolina Air and Army National Guard and the U.S. Marines conduct joint operations which are crucial to the ongoing success of operational readiness and deployments around the world.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. Jorge Intriago/Released)

A U.S. Army AH-64 Apache lifts off from the left as a U.S. Marine CH-53 Sea Stallion taxis on the right during forward air refueling point operations at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. on May 14, 2014. Elements of the South Carolina Air and Army National Guard and the U.S. Marines conduct joint operations which are crucial to the ongoing success of operational readiness and deployments around the world. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. Jorge Intriago/Released)

A U.S. Marine assigned to the 273rd Marine Wing Support Squadron, Air Operations Company, marshals a CH-53 Sea Stallion during forward air refueling point operations at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. on May 14, 2014. Elements of the South Carolina Air and Army National Guard and the U.S. Marines conduct joint operations which are crucial to the ongoing success of operational readiness and deployments around the world.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. Jorge Intriago/Released)

A U.S. Marine assigned to the 273rd Marine Wing Support Squadron, Air Operations Company, marshals a CH-53 Sea Stallion during forward air refueling point operations at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. on May 14, 2014. Elements of the South Carolina Air and Army National Guard and the U.S. Marines conduct joint operations which are crucial to the ongoing success of operational readiness and deployments around the world. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. Jorge Intriago/Released)

U.S. Marine Cpl. Michael T. Ransom, assigned to the 273rd Marine Wing Support Squadron, Air Operations Company, monitors the amount of fuel transferred to the UH-60 Blackhawk during forward air refueling point operations at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. on May 14, 2014. Elements of the South Carolina Air and Army National Guard and the U.S. Marines conduct joint operations which are crucial to the ongoing success of operational readiness and deployments around the world.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. Jorge Intriago/Released)

U.S. Marine Cpl. Michael T. Ransom, assigned to the 273rd Marine Wing Support Squadron, Air Operations Company, monitors the amount of fuel transferred to the UH-60 Blackhawk during forward air refueling point operations at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. on May 14, 2014. Elements of the South Carolina Air and Army National Guard and the U.S. Marines conduct joint operations which are crucial to the ongoing success of operational readiness and deployments around the world. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. Jorge Intriago/Released)

U.S. Marines assigned to the 273rd Marine Wing Support Squadron, Air Operations Company, Fuels Platoon and Expeditionary Airfield Platoon, load a fuel hose on top of an N-90 fuel truck as they disassemble a forward air refueling point at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. on May 14, 2014.  The Marines conduct joint operations alongside elements of the South Carolina Air and Army National Guard. These exercises are crucial to the ongoing success of operational readiness and deployments around the world.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. Jorge Intriago/Released)

U.S. Marines assigned to the 273rd Marine Wing Support Squadron, Air Operations Company, Fuels Platoon and Expeditionary Airfield Platoon, load a fuel hose on top of an N-90 fuel truck as they disassemble a forward air refueling point at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. on May 14, 2014. The Marines conduct joint operations alongside elements of the South Carolina Air and Army National Guard. These exercises are crucial to the ongoing success of operational readiness and deployments around the world. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. Jorge Intriago/Released)

U.S. Marine Cpl. Eric A. Robinson, assigned to the 273rd Marine Wing Support Squadron, Air Operations Company, stops the transfer of fuel from an N-90 fuel truck to a rotary wing aircraft during forward air refueling point operations at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. on May 14, 2014. Elements of the South Carolina Air and Army National Guard and the U.S. Marines conduct joint operations which are crucial to the ongoing success of operational readiness and deployments around the world.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. Jorge Intriago/Released)
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U.S. Marine Cpl. Eric A. Robinson, assigned to the 273rd Marine Wing Support Squadron, Air Operations Company, stops the transfer of fuel from an N-90 fuel truck to a rotary wing aircraft during forward air refueling point operations at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. on May 14, 2014. Elements of the South Carolina Air and Army National Guard and the U.S. Marines conduct joint operations which are crucial to the ongoing success of operational readiness and deployments around the world. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. Jorge Intriago/Released)

U.S. Marines assigned to the 273rd Marine Wing Support Squadron, Air Operations Company, from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., fuel a South Carolina National Guard AH-64 Apache at a forward air refueling point at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. on May 14, 2014.  Elements of the South Carolina Air and Army National Guard and the U.S. Marines conduct joint operations which are crucial to the ongoing success of operational readiness and deployments around the world.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. Jorge Intriago/Released)
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U.S. Marines assigned to the 273rd Marine Wing Support Squadron, Air Operations Company, from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., fuel a South Carolina National Guard AH-64 Apache at a forward air refueling point at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. on May 14, 2014. Elements of the South Carolina Air and Army National Guard and the U.S. Marines conduct joint operations which are crucial to the ongoing success of operational readiness and deployments around the world. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. Jorge Intriago/Released)

MCENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE, S.C. -- Approximately 50 Marines assigned to the 273rd Marine Wing Support Squadron, Air Operations Company, Fuels Platoon and Expeditionary Airfield Platoon at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., accomplished a Forward Air Refueling Point exercise with the South Carolina National Guard here, May 14, 2014.

McEntire provided the airfield for the Marines to exercise their refueling training on AH-64D Apache Longbow, CH-53D Sea Stallion, UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and an MV-22 Osprey.

"The support that the South Carolina Air National Guard's 169th Fighter Wing and the Army National Guard's 151st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion and Alpha Company, 2nd of the 149th, General Support Aviation Battalion, gave us is phenomenal," said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jennifer Enno, airfield operations company commander of the 273rd MWSS.

Joint service missions, such as this one, allow the Marines to set up operations hours away from their home station, creating multiple training advantages and a better preparation for combat situations, said Staff Sgt. Andrew Forrer, fuels chief for the 273rd MWSS.

The Marines expended approximately 7,200 gallons of aviation fuel from their N90 fuel tankers into multiple aircraft to complete the operation.

"It's three services combined as one preparing to get the fight out in an expedient manner," said Enno. "It's one team, one fight."